Above: Professor Layton's Theme from Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Professor Layton is a classy man, so it's no surprise that his theme is classy too. Professor Layton's theme embodies his character perfectly - effortlessly refined without being pretentious, lively and vibrant but still poised and collected. You can just imagine the professor traveling briskly about St. Mystere, putting the pieces of its mystery together while still taking the time to enjoy a hot cup of Assam tea. What makes Professor Layton a superb sleuth is that he knows how to tiptoe the line between sneakiness and propriety, and this song definitely emotes that careful chase of clues.
And just when you thought it couldn't get any classier, the Professor Layton and the Curious Village OST that was released in Japan also includes a brilliant live version:
Above: Live version of Professor Layton's Theme
Ah, those strings! The melody hints at a bit of sadness at the beginning, but it quickly picks up, and midway through there's a fabulously playful flute bit. Percussive sections add a sense of danger, but it's nothing the professor and Luke can't handle.
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